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Welcome to the Sands of MAUI—newsletter-style issues dedicated to bringing together the latest .NET MAUI content relevant to developers.

A particle of sand—tiny and innocuous. But put a lot of sand particles together and we have something big—a force to reckon with. It is the smallest grains of sand that often add up to form massive beaches, dunes and deserts.

Most .NET developers are looking forward to .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI)—the evolution of Xamarin.Forms with .NET 6. Going forward, developers should have much more confidence in the technology stack and tools as .NET MAUI empowers native cross-platform solutions on mobile and desktop.

While it is a long flight until we reach the sands of MAUI, developer excitement is palpable in all the news/content as we tinker and prepare for .NET MAUI. Like the grains of sand, every piece of news/article/video/tutorial/stream contributes toward developer knowledge and we grow a community/ecosystem willing to learn and help.

Sands of MAUI is a humble attempt to collect all the .NET MAUI awesomeness in one place. Here’s what is noteworthy for the week of April 12, 2021:

.NET MAUI Preview 3

.NET 6 Preview 3 is now out with a bunch of low-level performance enhancements. The MAUI team also used the opportunity to ship .NET MAUI Preview 3 with updated mobile samples running on latest .NET 6 bits. With Project Reunion .5, WinUI 3 is now production-ready and looks like the work to have .NET MAUI reach Windows through WinUI 3 has begun.

Net6Preview3 - illustrated desktop, two laptops and phone

MAUI Update on Xamarin Podcast

James Montemagno and Matt Soucoup host the Xamarin Podcast, and David Ortinau stopped by to provide an update on .NET MAUI.

XamarinPodcast - screengrab of the podcast before it is played

App Startup

The existing Xamarin.Forms app startup model is evolving in .NET MAUI. The desire is to embrace the IAppHostBuilder/ConfigureServices model used commonly by ASP.NET—this should provide more pluggability.


.NET 6 on Xamarin Community Standup

David Ortinau and Sweekriti Satpathy hosted the latest Xamarin Community Standup, where Jonathan Peppers from the engineering team dove into .NET 6 goodness—project system, build system, runtime and more.

Still from the Xamarin Community Standup video with Jonathan Peppers, David Ortinau and Sweekriti Satpathy

Microservices on Xamarin Show

Mobile apps benefit from rich and well-engineered backend services, and Microservices can really help. Nish Anil joined James Montemagno on the Xamarin Show for a guided tour to build your first Microservice with .NET, ASP.NET Core, Docker and Kubernetes.

A screengrab of the video of the Xamarin Show episide 'Building Our First Microservice' before it is played.

That’s it for now.

We’ll see you next week with more awesome content relevant to .NET MAUI.

Cheers, developers!

About the Author

Sam Basu

Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

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